For years, prostate cancer risk has been measured by PSA, Gleason score & stage, and diagnosis & treatment protocols have remained pretty much the same. But today things aren’t so cut and dried. The fact is, traditional assessment doesn’t provide all of the information needed to appropriately stratify prostate cancer risk and weigh possible treatment options.
The Prolaris Test
Prolaris is a prognostic test developed by Myriad Genetic Laboratories, which directly measures tumor cell growth characteristics for stratifying the risk of disease progression in prostate cancer patients. The 46-gene expression signature includes cell cycle progression genes selected based upon correlation with prostate tumor cell proliferation:
- low gene expression associated with a low risk of disease progression
- high gene expression associated with disease progression
Prolaris testing combines traditional risk factors with a molecular assessment of the aggressiveness of an individual patient’s cancer to deliver a more informed risk assessment. So you and your patient can be confident when choosing a course of management.